Registration Starts March 3
 
Kindergarten and returning student registration for next school year begins March 3. Parents are asked to enroll and register by March 24. Click Here for more information. 
 

Educator of the Year Nominations 

The Glen Ellyn Village Fair Committee and the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce are seeking nominations from the community for the 2017 Community Awards, including District 41 Educator of the Year. This year, the nominations process is different. The Chamber of Commerce is collecting the nominations instead of having organizations do it internally. All community members will have the opportunity to nominate.

Nominations are due to the Chamber by noon on Friday, February 17, 2017. To submit your nominations go to GlenEllynChamber.com


Referendum Information

All households within the District 41 boundaries should have received a letter and FAQ sheet in the mail this week about the referendum. District 41 sincerely appreciates your time reviewing this important information. The letter outlines the reason the Board of Education voted 6-0 to seek voter approval to remove portable classrooms, address infrastructure needs and improve safety.

In addition to the letter and FAQ sheet, we are creating an online FAQ page that will expand as we get more questions from the community. Recently, we received the following questions:

How much money does the district have in reserves?
The total District 41 fund balance per the 6/30/2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Statement is $14,866,662. The fund balance is divided between restricted and unrestricted funds. Of the $14,866,662 in fund balance, $2,818,340 is restricted, which is used to pay for the district's IMRF, Social Security and debt obligations. The remaining $12,048,322 is the unrestricted fund balance. The unreserved fund balance as of June 30 of each fiscal year on a fully accrued basis (Education, Tort, Working Cash, Operations and Maintenance and Transportation) shall be maintained at 25% of operating expenses in order to continue to provide the community with uninterrupted programs or services.

What is the impact of my taxes if the community does support and what is the impact of my taxes if the community does not support the referendum?
In both cases, taxes will go down for the Glen Ellyn School District 41 portion of your tax bill.  

In 2018, the District will pay off bonds that funded past building projects. This reduction of debt payments gives the community an opportunity to invest the $24.2 million to address some facilities needs at our schools and have a tax decrease over the taxes paid in 2016. For example: If a community member pays $8,000 in 2016, the District 41 debt portion of their tax bill would decrease by approximately $85.

If the referendum does not pass, for a community member who pays $8,000 in 2016, the District 41 debt portion of their tax bill would decrease by approximately $199 on the District 41 debt portion of their tax bill.  

Note: This information is based off of the average tax bill of the five communities District 41 serves (Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Wheaton).

What is the Health/Life Safety Report? 
The State of Illinois requires school districts to conduct a 10- year Life Safety review. District 41 went through the process in 2016.  The report results have increased the urgency to address  specific facility need within a five-year time period. Projects include major roofing replacements, heating/cooling systems, etc. 

For more information about the referendum, go to
www.d41.org/facilityplan and/or attend one of the following Facilities Information Sessions held at 7p.m., Hadley Junior High School (tours will be available):

Wednesday, February 22
Monday, February 27
Tuesday, March 7

The sessions are open to all residents in the District 41 boundaries.  
  



Parent Camp - This Saturday

The second annual District 41 Parent Camp will be held on Saturday, February 4 from 8 a.m. to noon at Hadley Junior High, 240 Hawthorne, Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. Parent Camp is a program for parents and educators to come together for informal conversations about topics related to "What's best for kids." The keynote speaker this year is Glenbard West Assistant Principal for Instruction Dr. Rebecca Sulaver.

Parents are invited to sign up for conversation topics of interest to them. Click Here to check out the session topics and to sign up. See you on Saturday!


8th Grade Jazz Band Chosen to Perform at a Professional Conference

The Hadley 8th Grade Jazz Band performed for the Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators Conference on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Hilton in Lisle.  The 8th Grade Jazz Band has been invited to perform at this administrators conference for the last several years. "It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to showcase their musicianship and perform for others in our surrounding communities," shared Mr. DePalo and Mrs. Tribley. "We continue to be so proud of the students, their musicianship, and their commitment to their craft."



Orchestra Solo & Ensemble Festival - Hadley Jr. High School 

The orchestra department at Hadley Jr. High School held their Annual Solo and Ensemble Festival on Friday, January 27, 2017. Hadley orchestra students had an opportunity to perform their instrument with piano accompaniment in front of an experienced string judge/professional musician. Constructive feedback was given to our students to help improve their performance skills. Ms. Georgia Alemis, Hadley Orchestra Director stated that, "Thanks to the funding of the school district, this type of learning experience helps students develop performance skills as a musician. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to display their talents in a recital format."

Congratualtions to all of the performers!